I know this isn’t technically in the curriculum but adding videos for serpentine weaves and figure 8’s.
I'd like to see her more engaged before asking for longish sequences of heeling. I want to get rid of some of that glancing around etc. Luckily, this is directly related to the "warm up routine" section of Level 9, so I'll let you watch that first. :-)
Yes, let's work sidesteps in person! I think some of this is related to her attention/engagement though.
Engagement in new doggo places and some fronts
Sidesteps and pacing, can we maybe tackle Sidesteps in our next IRL lesson? I want to see if you can show me how to get her to move with front and black fluidity
side Steps are getting better but def need to break out the sign
Fronts - sorry this is so long. I’m talking through where I’m struggling with this too. Wtf am I doing wrong?
Cone turn guys: Lovely! The weaving is so tight and fancy.
If I wanted to be super picky - I've noticed she always wants to sit wide after a right turn + immediate halt. I would work on this by halting less suddenly (gradually slow to a halt) after right turns, to give her time to be thoughtful and hopefully correct herself. Just an aesthetic thing, though.
Fronts: AWESOME. Can you step in a little closer to her while you practice?
For your own muscle memory: Do some reps where you walk at a prop representing a Rally sign, and practice the sidestep. I myself have gotten dinged for doing a diagonal step (forward and to the side) instead of straight to the side.
For the written part of this one, I would say the only thing I am worried about when it comes to trialing is the close presence of other dogs and the sounds they make.
That being said, we have practiced rally courses at Newf events and while we were running them, her focus on me didn't break much. That was also a year ago so I'm not sure if that would be better or worse now. Her reactivity has definitely reduced since she mastered her little head up heel and it shows even in our "free" walks.
People being close, dropping food, different sounds, loudspeakers - nothing really shakes her. Just dogs being close or screaming for their round in anticipation.
Fronts with a target